Legal Information: Alabama

State Gun Laws

February 11, 2022

I have a protection from abuse (PFA) order against the abuser. Can s/he have a gun?

Alabama state law does not make it automatically illegal for the respondent on a PFA to have a firearm. Also, the law does not specifically list firearm prohibition as a protection that the judge can include in a PFA. If you are able to convince the judge to include a term in your restraining order (PFA) specifically stating that the abuser cannot have a gun, then Alabama police could enforce this term of the protection order. However, federal laws, which apply to all states and territories, do restrict an abuser’s right to have a gun if you have a final restraining order against him/her that meets certain requirements. Go to Federal Gun Laws to get more information.

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